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Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

More Halloween Time Fun at Disney California Adventure Park

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I’ts almost Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and the latest news is that this year, more spooky fun will expand into Disney California Adventure Park!  Halloween Time will kick off on Friday, Sept. 15 and go through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. It’s truly a time of year you won’t want to miss out on experiencing!guardians-of-the-galaxy-monsters-after-dark-logo

Just last week, exciting news was released about the special nighttime overlay for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and how it will be transformed nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After the Dark! I can’t wait to ride it! To read more about that, please click here.CarsLand-Halloween-overlayGuests visiting this year during Halloween Time will be able to experience Halloween for the first time in Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, as it’s transformed with a special HaulO-Ween makeover.halloween-time-materThe citizens of Radiator Springs will don Halloween costumes and decorate their respective homes for the season. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be all dressed up–as a super hero, a “van-pire,” a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, ready to go “trunk-or-treating.”halloween-time-flos-cafeAttractions will be transformed, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. halloween-time-luigisScary the Scarecar will stand guard over the entrance to Route 66, a preview to the Haul-OWeen transformation awaiting guests in Cars Land. With Fillmore’s Jack-Oil Lanterns, the web spun over Flo’s by a Spider-Car, and the Cozy Cone dressed up in car-stumes, the townsfolk turn Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams.halloween-time-carthay-circle
Oogie Boogie will appear for the first time at Disney California Adventure, too, taking over with his twisted tale of a forever Halloween, inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette beckons guests through the main entrance of the park and he brings to life a swarm of bats around Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. Guests walking down Buena Vista Street will also be greeted by a new 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, holding his jack-o’-lantern head up to the sky!halloween-time-dca-headless-horsemanDisney California Adventure also will be featured for the first time as part of the pre-party mix-in for Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event that features special entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, and trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland. Halloween-time-Disney-California-Adventure-EntranceThis year, a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party has even greater value as guests will be able to visit Disney California Adventure as well as Disneyland during the three hours prior to the beginning of the party in Disneyland.

mickeys-halloween-party-mickey-and-minnieTickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party went on sale July 17 for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Card holders and on July 24 for the general public so you should purchase yours before they sell out. For more information about Mickey’s Halloween Party, including dates, read the post I wrote about hit here. Party tickets may be purchased online and on mobile devices at http://Disneyland.com/party as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714.781.4400.halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-giant-mickey-pumpkinWhat are you most excited about this year during Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort? Share with me in the comments!

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10 Things To Do During Halloween Time At Disneyland Resort

Halloween Time is in full swing at the Disneyland Resort! Although the weather in Southern California doesn’t feel like Fall right now, the decorations and festive ambiance in the Parks definitely feels like Halloween is here!  halloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort-guide-mapToday I’m sharing 10 things you should check out while you’re at Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time!10-things-to-doSince the majority of the Halloween Time fun is inside Disneyland Park, that’s where we actually spent our day. You should definitely take a photo in front of the giant Mickey Mouse Pumpkin, which is located in Town Square.  halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-giant-mickey-pumpkinAs you skip down Main Street, you’ll see the Main Street Pumpkin Festival. where you’ll find so many adorable and unique, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. They’re up on the rooftops, inside store windows, and hidden in places you’d never expect. You should definitely find the “Elvis” jack-o-lantern. It’s my favorite one this year!halloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort-elvis-pumpkinAt the end of Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll find the Partners Statue, featuring Walt and Mickey Mouse. Right now, it’s so festive as it’s surrounded by jack-o-lanterns carved with characters in them. Each one is themed to represent a different “land”. I just love the one with Woody on it!halloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort-tink-pumpkinhalloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-tarzan-pumpkinhalloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort-pooh-pumpkinDuring Halloween Time, you can find several of the characters dressed in their spooktacular Halloween attire. Don’t forget to grab some pics with them and utilize the Resort’s PhotoPass services. The PhotoPass Photographers have ability to capture your magical memories perfectly and they make for great keepsakes of your trip.halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-ghost-galaxyI highly recommend grabbing a FASTPASS® early in the day for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. It’s located in Tomorrowland and doing so will allow you to have at least one ride secured for the day on one of the most popular attractions.halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-fast-passOver in Frontierland, just next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you’ll find a special area set up as a tribute to “Dia de los Muertos“. Although this traditional festive celebration for the “Day of the Dead” isn’t something “Halloween” and is more of a celebration honoring those loved ones who have passed away, the Resort includes “Zocalo Park” in the Halloween Time features in Disneyland Park since it’s celebrated immediately after Halloween. The area is absolutely beautiful to visit. .  disney-halloween-time-zocalo-parkThe special area has a beautiful display of some cultural art, “calacas” or skeletons, authentic decor, and even face painting. (free of charge.) You can also enjoy special seasonal food offerings at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante.disney-halloween-time-dia-de-los-muertos-3-calacasAnother extra popular attraction this time of year is Haunted Mansion Holiday featuring “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. It’s one of the specially transformed attractions during Halloween Time. (It actually stays up through Christmas as well for obvious reasons). halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-haunted-mansion-holiday-signThere’s an exciting addition this year, too. Sally! (Spoiler alert: You can find her in the graveyard scene inside.) I always enjoy seeing the gingerbread house and checking to see if my name is on the “naughty list” inside this spooky adventure.halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-haunted-mansion-holiday-facadehalloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-hmh-jackolanternThere are so many special Halloween Time treats and food offerings this time of year, that it would be impossible to try them all. Well, at least to try them all in just one visit.  disney-halloween-time-popcorn-snacksThe different collectable popcorn buckets that you’ll find at different locations throughout the Parks are one of the more popular keepsakes, as are the travel mugs.halloween-time-disneyland-resort-travel-mughalloween-time-disneyland-resort-mickey-bat-cookie The Jolly Holiday Bakery is a great place to find a bunch of different sweets, as are several other places at the Resort. For a complete list of Halloween Time food offerings, check out what the Disney Parks Blog says here.halloween-time-disneyland-resort-pumpkin-muffinI think the only thing we didn’t really get to conquer was a ride on  The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror over in Disney’s California Adventure. I’m dying to ride on it after dark because they offer “Late Check-Out”, an experience guests have never experienced before and a must-do before The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror approaches its final check-out date on January 2, 2017! Late Check-Out is a chance to venture beyond the fifth dimension into complete darkness! It entails free-falling in the attraction’s haunted elevator shaft with all the lights out! You should definitely try to experience this before it goes away forever! halloween-time-disneyland-resort-crystal-arcadeAll of the previous Halloween Time offerings can be experienced during regular park operating hours. The 10th thing I highly suggest you check out though is Mickey’s Halloween Party which is a separate ticketed event! It’s non-scary fun for the entire family! halloween-time-at-disneyland-resort-jack-pumpkin

Have you had the chance to visit during this time of year yet? There’s just nothing like it. Well, I mean nothing except the Holidays at Disneyland Resort, but that’s coming soon!





2015 Mickey’s Halloween Party Dates Released! We Can’t Wait! #HalloweenTime

Guess what’s returning to the Disneyland Resort on September 11? Halloween Time! We are SO excited for it’s return too! If you’ve never been to the parks during Halloween Time, it’s something you’ll want to make happen this year.

halloween-timeWith the Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration already happening in the parks this year, guests will get to enjoy extra sparkly Halloween decorations this year. There are also seasonal attractions to experience such as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain’s “Ghost Galaxy”.

One of the biggest events of the year at the Disneyland Resort is Mickey’s Halloween Party! This is an after-hours Halloween party that requires the purchase of a separate ticket. (don’t worry, it’s totally worth it!) The party is held inside Disneyland and guests of all ages are invited to wear their favorite costumes for the occasion. There is plenty of trick or treating throughout the park and the characters will be out and about in their own Halloween costumes.

IMG_0126This year, guests in attendance at Mickey’s Halloween party will be able to watch a special “Halloween Screams” fireworks show, in addition to the “Paint the Night” parade. It’s truly a party not to be missed!

With your Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket you get:

  • Admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.
  • Parking for one standard-size vehicle. (Larger vehicles may require an additional fee.)

Here are the dates for Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015: 

  • Friday, Sept. 25
  • Monday, Sept. 28
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30
  • Friday, Oct. 2
  • Monday, Oct. 5
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7
  • Friday, Oct. 9
  • Monday, Oct. 12
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14
  • Friday, Oct. 16
  • Monday, Oct. 19
  • Thursday, Oct. 22
  • Friday, Oct. 23
  • Sunday, Oct. 25
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • Thursday, Oct. 29
  • Saturday, Oct. 31

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party sell out every year and you’ll want to plan now for your date and grab a ticket as soon as they go on sale. This year, you’ll also be able to purchase your Mickey’s Halloween party tickets early on your mobile device. How cool is that?

Here are the dates for ticket sales: 

July 22: Ticket sales to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members.
July 29: Ticket sales begin for the general public.

The hours for each day of Mickey’s Halloween Party vary slightly from day to day. The prices also vary. For more information about times and ticket prices, visit the official Disney site here.